Meet The Team

LENDERS

Nick Garcia, Vice President

Nick has dedicated the past twenty years to servicing the needs of his commercial and commercial real estate lending clients. Nick holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from St. Thomas University. 

 

Jorge Garza, Vice President

Jorge is a seasoned lender with over fifteen years of relationship management and new business development experience. He specializes in facilitating loans for clients in the field of law, accounting and commercial real estate. Jorge is a graduate of the University of Texas - Pan American.

 

Scott Hertzog, Senior Vice President

Scott is a veteran lender with over thirty years of experience in commercial lending and private banking. Scott holds a Master of International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wake Forest University. 

 

Mark Huard, Senior Vice President

Mark is a lifetime resident of Broward county and seasoned banker with over twenty five years of new business development experience in the areas of commercial lending and deposits. Mark is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. 

 

Nicole Medina, Assistant Vice President

Nicole has been a loyal employee of Grove Bank & Trust for over twenty six years. She is responsible for the personal and residential lending needs  of the Bank's clients. Nicole is a graduate of Miami Dade College and the American Institute of Banking. Nicole has been involved with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for over ten years and currently serves as a Board Member and Secretary.    

 

Frank Muniz, Senior Vice President

Frank is a seasoned commercial lender with over thirty years of commercial lending and banking experience. He specializes in structuring loan deals for commercial real estate, C&I, SBA 504, construction and equipment.  Frank is a graduate of Florida International University.

 

Daniel Oliver, Senior Vice President

Daniel is a veteran banker with over thirty eight years of experience in commercial, trade finance and consumer banking. He has lending and banking expertise in United States and Latin America.  Daniel holds a Master of Arts in Administration Studies from Ohio University, a Master of Business in Banking and Finance from Universidad de San Marcos and a Bachelor of Business in Economics from Universidad de Lima.

 

Alejandro Rodriguez, Senior Vice President

Alejandro is an accomplished lender with over twenty years of experience. His areas of expertise include: commercial real estate, construction financing, C&I and equipment loans.  Alejandro is a graduate of Barry University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. 

 

Steve Sanzone, Executive Vice President

Steve has dedicated the past forty years to commercial lending and has closed over one billion dollars in real estate transactions. Steve will be responsible for growing our commercial lending and deposit activities as the Bank expands into Broward County. Steve is a graduate of Florida State University and holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

WEALTH ADVISORS

Alex Bahamonde, Managing Director, Chief Fiduciary Officer

Alex oversees the fiduciary functions for the wealth management division of the Bank. Alex specializes in advising domestic and international ultra-high net worth families and charitable organizations with complex estate, trust and tax structures. Alex holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Barry University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida International University. 

 

David Breitwieser, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer

David is responsible for assisting clients with their asset allocation decisions, as well as the development, management and implementation of the Bank's investment strategy. David has an exceptional reputation for delivering first class service coupled with his deep understanding of the practice of wealth management. David is currently a member of the CFA Institute and a member of the Miami Society of Financial Analysts. David earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida.

 

Derrick Garcia, Head of Portfolio Management

Derrick has over thirteen years of experience in the financial services industry. Derrick received a Master’s of Science in Finance from Florida International University, a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Miami, and holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM designation.

 

Marta Goldberg, Managing Director, Fiduciary Wealth Advisor

Marta is responsible for developing and implementing investment strategies, complex family wealth planning, estate planning, tax planning, and charitable giving solutions that address the issues of family governance. Marta has devoted her career to managing all aspects of her clients’ investment and fiduciary needs.  Marta has over thirty years of Wealth Management experience in the South Florida marketplace.

 

Laura Marquet, Senior Director, Fiduciary Wealth Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®)

Laura is passionate about helping individuals, families and business owners manage their wealth. Laura holds an MBA. from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business with a concentration in Asset Management/Sales & Trading.

 

Vania Orozco, Senior Director, Wealth Advisor

Vania has over ten years of experience in banking, eight of which include Trust experience. Vania is responsible for the administration of accounts primarily the Investment Management Accounts for our international clients. Vania attended Florida International University and the Florida Trust and Wealth Management School.  She is a member of the Greater Miami Tax Institute as well as the Coral Gables/South Dade Estate Planning Council.

 

Libby Witherspoon, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Libby has over twenty seven years of Wealth Management experience. Libby served on the Account Review Committee, Trust Administrative Committee and as a Mentor for Associates. Having deep roots in Miami, Libby firmly believes in giving back to the community.  She currently serves as a Board Member for the Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross as well as the Miami Tiffany Circle Chair of the American Red Cross. Libby holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

 

MARKET MANAGER

Christian Bertot, Regional Market Manager, Senior Vice President

Christian is an accomplished banker with over twenty years of commercial and personal banking experience. His responsibilities include new business development and leading the sales initiatives of the Bank's five office locations. Christian is a Miami native, a graduate of Florida International University and Christopher Columbus High School. 

 

Ana R. Chaoui, Senior Vice President, Coral Gables Office

Ana is a professional banker with over twenty seven years of commercial and personal banking experience. She is passionate about her clients and the local community. Ana is a Coral Gables resident and currently serves as the First Chair Elect and Executive Board Member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. 


Maira Diaz-Giusti, Senior Vice President, South Miami Office

Maira is an experienced banker with over twenty five years of commercial and private banking experience. She currently serves as Treasurer and Executive Board member for The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. Maira holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida International University in Business Management. Maira is a native South Floridian and lives in Doral with her family. 

 

Nelson Lopez, Vice President, Aventura Office

Nelson is an experienced financial service professional with over seventeen years of experience. Nelson is incredibly passionate about helping his clients achieve their financial success and is focused on providing his clients with the highest level of care.  He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Communications from Florida Atlantic University. He is involved in several organizations in the South Florida community including the Aventura Marketing Council and Prime Time Business Network.

Manuel Vecin, Vice President, Palmetto Bay Office

Manny is a well-rounded financial professional with fifteen years of experience.  In this role, he is responsible for the growth and overall profitability of the Bank’s Palmetto Bay Office. Manny holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Florida International University. He is involved with Junior Achievement of Greater Miami where he inspires and educates local youth on the importance of workplace readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

 

PREMIER BANKING

Alex Jimenez, Vice President

Alex has over twenty years of banking experience helping local businesses grow and expand. Alex currently serves as a volunteer on the Campaign Committee for Legal Services of Greater Miami.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration & Management from Florida International University. 

 

Alvaro Jiron, Vice President

Alvaro has nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry and has worked with some of the world's leading financial institutions. Alvaro is a graduate of the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree.  

 

Lester Romero, Vice President

Lester is a consummate professional and has over twenty year of banking experience in the areas of commercial and private banking. He works closely with high-net-worth individuals and business professionals to ensure that their financial needs are met and believes in delivering a first-rate customized client experience to each of his clients. Lester holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Florida International University

 

Emilio Vazquez, Senior Vice President

Emilio has over thirty years of financial services experience in the areas of private banking, lending and wealth management.  Emilio manages the Bank's Premier Banking division and the Bank's retail brokerage program. In addition, Emilio is passionate about giving back to the community and has been a member of the the Board of Director's of the YES Institute for the last twenty years. Emilio is a graduate of Florida International University.